Twelve Special Action Groups were established at the 2005 SMTE Symposium on Music Teacher Education. Now called Areas for Strategic Planning and Action (ASPAs), the purpose of these groups is to develop and implement action plans related to current critical issues in music teacher education.

ASPA Directory

Critical Examination of the Curriculum

Marshall Haning and Jocelyn Stevens Prendergast

Cultural Diversity and Social Justice for Music Teacher Education

Sarah Minette, Latasha Thomas-Durrell, and Juliet Hess

Music Teacher Health and Wellness

Judy Palac and Frank Diaz

Music Teacher Identity Development

Jason Gossett and Becky Marsh


Cara Bernard and Ryan Shaw

Program Admission, Assessment, and Alignment

Phillip Payne and Natalie Steele-Royston

Supporting Beginning Music Teachers

Jessica Vaughan-Marra and Christopher Baumgertner

Teacher Evaluation

Kenneth Elpus and Stephanie Prichard

Teacher Recruitment

Tiger Robison and Blair Williams

Latest ASPA News

ASPA Google Groups

The fluid membership of ASPAs has made it difficult for Facilitators to track who is a part of these working groups. We are pleased to announce that all twelve of the ASPAs have created Google Groups to facilitate email communication. Please take a moment to visit the...

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ASPA Reports

ASPA Actions Mind Map (updated Sep. 2017)

ASPA Overview (updated Feb. 2010)